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Swimming pool cuts include daily swims


In addition to weekend closures this summer, the Haines pool will eliminate all but one evening swim and reduce the number of noon swims from five to three effective July 1, assistant manager Patricia Peters said this week.

“Right now, because of the deficit in the budget, the borough is asking us to save money by reducing hours and increasing fees,” Peters said. “All the lifeguards have taken a reduction of hours to keep the budget as low as we can until the middle of August, when we can start adding more swims. This is our option to closing the pool for three months.”

During recent budget discussions, the assembly directed the administration to work with the pool manager to examine ways of saving money, including increasing fees, reducing hours during low-use periods and lowering water temperature.

Under the summer schedule, the pool will be closed Saturdays and Sundays and will be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays for one swim from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. Public swims on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays will be 6-8 a.m. and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Aqua Aerobics and swim lessons will be offered on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings.)

Evening hours will be limited to a family and lap swim 5-7 p.m. Friday, and use will be judged to determine whether to maintain that swim, Peters said.

Fees at the pool have been increased from $3 to $3.50 for students and seniors and from $4 to $4.50 for adults. The Wisewoman rate has doubled to $2. Punch-pass rates also have increased.

Fees for pool rentals, locker rentals and quarterly passes will remain the same, Peters said.